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Gabriel Argy-Rousseau "Ecureuils Dans L'Herbe" Pâte de Verre Glass Vase


This French "Ecureuils dans l'herbe," or "Squirrels in the grass" pâte de verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau is exquisitely executed entirely in a palette of warm reds, pinks, and purples, features a soft, innocently postured squirrel climbing through architectural foliage that takes the form of many obelisks arranged in swathes to resemble deconstructed palm fronds.


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Item #: G-17754
Artist: Gabriel Argy-Rousseau
Country: France
Circa: 1928
Dimensions: 7.25" height, 4.75" diameter
Materials: Pâte de verre glass
Literature: Similar vase pictured in Les Pâtes de Verre G. Argy-Rousseau Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 1990, p. 216, no. 28.05

In 1913, Gabriel Argy-Rousseau married Marianne Argyriadès, a highly-cultured woman of Greek descent who fueled Rousseau’s interest in Greek and Classical art. After his marriage, Rousseau added the first four letters of his wife’s maiden name “a-r-g-y” in homage to her cultural, emotional, and domestic support, signing his name “Argy-Rousseau” for the remainder of his artistic career.